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Giants Now: Brian Baldinger breaks down Cole Beasley, Jordon Riley's tape


Brian Baldinger breaks down Cole Beasley, Jordon Riley's tape

NFL Network's Brian Baldinger broke down the film from Friday's preseason opener against the Lions, where he focused on the performances of two players- one veteran and one rookie.

Let's start with wide receiver Cole Beasley, who finished the game with a team-high four receptions for 33 yards. Baldinger

"On third down, you've got Cole Beasley or Darren Waller," Baldinger said in the video. "If you're a Giants fan right now, you've got guys that are going to win against anybody in any defense with Beasley and Waller. They're going to look good, real good."

The 34-year-old receiver, now entering his 12th season in the NFL, spent three years with head coach Brian Daboll in Buffalo, who was serving as the Bills' offensive coordinator at the time. Beasley caught 82 passes in back-to-back years during that span, including his 2020 campaign which saw him total 967 yards and four touchdowns and led to him being named Second-Team All-Pro.

Beasley racked up 231 receptions for 2,438 yards and 11 touchdowns while playing under Daboll from 2019-2021.

"He's quick and experienced, has good hands," coach Brian Daboll added. "He's done it for a while, he's been a pretty consistent player."

Baldinger also highlighted the play of one of the team's rookie draft picks, but it wasn't one of the players many would likely expect him to analyze.

The NFL Network analyst broke down some plays from defensive lineman Jordon Riley, one of the team's seventh-round (No. 243) draft picks, who joins a DL room consisting of Dexter Lawrence, Leonard Williams, Rakeem Nunez-Roches and A'Shawn Robinson, among others.

"I think he's made steady improvement," Daboll said Monday about Riley. "He's got a good room to be in for a young player with the veterans Dex, Leo and Nacho and A'Shawn. They are really invaluable in there for young players. And then (defensive line coach) Dre (Andre Patterson) and (assistant defensive line coach Bryan) Cox do a good job. He's come along slowly, he's improved every day since he has been here. Thought he showed out well for himself, played a lot of snaps. He's in a good spot relative to the room he's in, the people that he can learn under. He's got the right mindset."

Riley registered one total tackle in his NFL preseason debut Friday. However, the 6-foot-5, 325-pound lineman made numerous plays during joint practices last week, which might have played a part in the rookie seeing some snaps with the first-team defense during Monday's practice, where he picked up a tackle for loss.

"He's really just improved day-by-day," said Daboll. "Come into this league, it's all new and then you are inside, he's big, he's long, he can bend. He's learning stuff every day from Dre and Cox but then I'd say those four veterans they are really good teammates and they take those guys underneath their wings and talk to them a lot and he's done a good job of listening and just trying to get better each day."

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